Fraud cases have skyrocketed over the last few years and scammer tactics continue to evolve, making it increasingly challenging, yet crucial to keep up. Everyone tends to get a lot busier during the holidays — especially scammers. They know we spend more money now than at any other time of year. It’s one reason why these criminals work overtime during the holidays, taking advantage of seasonal goodwill with charitable giving scams, disrupting plans to visit family with travel scams, and ramping up all kinds of other scams.
Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by attending AARP’s holiday scams event. Come learn about the latest things to watch out for, including:
• Emails advertising hot or hard-to-find gift items
• Websites or ads promoting unbelievable bargains
• Social media posts that appear to be shared by friends offering vouchers, gift cards, freebies or contests
• Social media ads selling genuine items at knockoff prices
Speakers will also offer helpful tips on how to avoid purchasing zero-value gift cards as well as advice on opportunities tied to online shopping, such as “porch pirates” and fraudulent emails, texts, and calls.